BETH is confident surgery on a shoulder injury will not derail her plans for world domination in 2007.
The 21-year-old has been experiencing problems with the tendons in her shoulder of late, but it has not been serious enough to prevent her from jetting to Brazil for this weekend's World Cup Finals.
One of only three Britons at the finals, Beth is set to compete on the uneven bars and floor in Sao Paulo.
But after taking a short break from competition over Christmas, the Bunbury golden girl will have exploratory surgery on her shoulder on January 9.
'I have done some tendon damage which has been niggling and becoming increasingly uncomfortable for me for some time,' said Beth, the reigning world and European champion on uneven bars.
'Early in the new year it will be all downhill for me but I am aiming to be fully fit for the European Championships in April before competing in the World Championships again in the summer.
'Next year is a big year for the British team. Where we finish in the worlds will dictate how many gymnasts we can take to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics.'
After coming third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday, Beth - who has conquered a series of injuries during her career - said she will almost certainly bow out of the sport after the 2009 World Championships in London.
'We've got the Olympics in 2008 and the World Championships in London in 2009,' said the Liverpool Gymnastics Club star. 'If I go to 2008 and I am still happy, then to compete at home the following year would be a great place to retire.'